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Has someone else take credit for your work?

Asked by Kokoro (1419points) September 19th, 2010

I found out recently that I was moved to a different section because of “perception” that my co-worker (who, mind you, is lazy and takes about 5 breaks a day) was seen as a “harder worker” than I, when in reality this is completely untrue. I developed a consistent system for the programs we handle, try to improve them and keep track of them, in addition have additional jobs and responsibilities outside of work to keep me busy.

I was fuming when I heard the news that our boss thinks that she works harder than me. I don’t work in that section anymore, and I am so glad I do not work with that co worker anymore—so I am trying to look at this as a blessing in disguise.

Has anyone else been in this situation? What would you have done? Should I just let it go, move on and do the best in my current job? It just irritates me that I did not get recognized for how I held up that section.

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jaytkay's avatar

Sure. It happens. It is part of working. Learn and move on.

Sorry to sound unsympathetic. But dwelling on the past will not help, and business is all about “what’s next”.

Living well is the best revenge.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I have had people try to plagiarize my work.
They can never get it exactly right though and that is kind of funny….not as funny as when you talk to them directly about and watch them backtrack and struggle.They usually stop after that ;)

iamthemob's avatar

It sounds less like someone took credit for your work, and more like you yourself didn’t take credit for your work.

I would make sure from now on to make sure your superiors know what you’re doing. Send an e-mail (“I’m done with x, y, and z so I was thinking that building a database containing these would create efficencies… blah blah… I can get started on that if you don’t have anything else that you’d like me to work on first.”) so that you have your own “paper trail.”

marinelife's avatar

What you need to do is tell your new supervisor that you are a hard worker and want to do your best in the new position. Ask the new supervisor to watch your performance and give you feedback.

Then work hard.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

Yes. I wrote a story in fourth grade and got first place in a contest, and then my sister (in eleventh grade) was really late turning in a short story assignment for English, so she stole my paper, and turned it in. She got a 100 too!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Sure but it doesn’t bother me. Your co-worker will be found out eventually. The truth always comes ut.

Kokoro's avatar

You all don’t know how much your responses have brightened my spirits. All of you are completely right. Thanks so much!

Neizvestnaya's avatar

If you like this particular job and want to stay around and move within for longer than a year then do as @marinelife suggests. Tell your supervisor you want notice because you want feedback in order to improve performance, learn new skills and better your wallet as well.

cookieman's avatar

I was a chair at a college for a few of years when a new dean of education came onboard.

I had been writing curriculum for a couple departments for a while, so when this new dean soon found out her first major task was to overhaul the GenEd curriculum, she called me in the office.

She says, “I have no idea how to write this stuff much less get it approved, so you’re gonna hook up with the GenEd teachers and write this for me – but”, she continued, “I’m gonna put my name on it and in return…you get to keep your job”.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

@cprevite: Did the dean keep her job?

cookieman's avatar

@Neizvestnaya: Only for a little while. She was let go within a few months.

Austinlad's avatar

As one who has worked in the creative arena my entire career, I’ve both given credit for my ideas to others and had credit taken from me many, many times. How do I handle it? By keeping my ego in check as much as possible and letting my staff look good, which in turn makes me look good. My steady rise in my company is testament that this works most of the time. As difficult as it is to watch someone else take credit for your ideas, taking credit for one’s own work without coming off like an egotistical braggart is a skill that only time and experience teaches.

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